Arsenal secured their 10th victory on the bounce across all competitions as they picked up a 3-1 triumph over Leicester City in the Premier League. The Gunners found themselves behind just after the 30-minute mark following a Hector Bellerin own goal but they managed to recover before the break with Mesut Ozil with a lovely orchestrated finish.
Following the interval, the Gunners were unquestionably the better side on the field and they made the advantage pay shortly after the hour mark with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a quick-fire brace after coming on from the substitutes’ bench. The Gunners thereafter had chances through Alexandre Lacazette to extend the lead further but the Frenchman unfortunately had an off-day where his shooting range went astray.
Two things we learned:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s form: Aubameyang has found himself on the substitutes’ bench in each of the previous two league matches but that has however not had an impact on his showing on the playing field. After bagging a stunning a brace against Fulham, the Gabon star continued his fine form with another two goals versus Leicester, both of which came through easy tap-ins after his excellent positioning with respect to the pass. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has struggled to make any notable impact in the last two games he has started and Aubameyang should most certainly reclaim a starting role for the visit of Crystal Palace next weekend.
Mesut Ozil with a class performance: Against the Foxes, Ozil was free-flowing in terms of his movement right from the off and he eventually proved the catalyst for the comeback triumph. Ozil scored a sublime equaliser for the Gunners where he guided the ball into the net with the outside of his left boot. Thereafter, the German orchestrated the move which contributed to Aubameyang’s first goal before taking the responsibility for the Gabonese’s second with a flick of the outside of his left boot. Ozil’s being handed the Premier League captaincy for the first time may have influenced the performance but it remains to be seen whether the German can replicate a similar showing when a big encounter comes around.
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